The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Monday, January 30, 2023


Cities around the world pare back New Year celebrations, again
Visitors pose with a 2022 sign in Times Square in Manhattan, Dec. 21, 2021. New York City, London, Tokyo and New Delhi are among the cities where major gatherings have been curtailed or canceled as Omicron spreads. John Taggart/The New York Times.

by Anna P. Kambhampaty and Alyssa Lukpat



NEW YORK, NY.- As the omicron variant drives coronavirus infection rates to their highest levels of the pandemic in many parts of the world, major cities have scaled down or canceled New Year’s Eve events for a second consecutive year.

Only months ago, expanding COVID vaccinations and loosening travel rules had promised a return of raucous New Year gatherings amid hopes that the pandemic might finally be waning. But the emergence of omicron — the highly transmissible variant that is now dominant in the United States and fueling record surges in many nations — has prompted governments to reinstate travel restrictions, mask mandates and bans on large gatherings.

Even as early studies suggest that omicron produces less severe illness, experts warn that the staggering caseload could still overwhelm health systems. A number of Dec. 31 events have been canceled in countries where caseloads are rising swiftly, including in Italy, where the 14-day average of new cases is up 128%, and in France, where cases are up 48%, according to the Our World in Data Project at the University of Oxford.

In the United States, where daily cases have doubled over the past two weeks, some events have been canceled, but the annual celebration in Times Square in New York will go on, with attendance capped at 15,000.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, recommended Monday that people “stay away” from large New Year’s Eve parties, especially when it is not clear who has been vaccinated. Speaking on CNN, Fauci said, “There will be other years to do that, but not this year.”

As another 12 months living with the pandemic draws to a close, here’s a look at how omicron has forced some cities to change their plans for Dec. 31:

New York City

Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a downsizing of the celebration in Times Square to at most 15,000 guests, nearly a quarter of the usual amount, who will be allowed in at 3 p.m. at the earliest. Attendees will be required to wear masks and show proof of full vaccination. Fox canceled its “New Year’s Eve Toast & Roast 2022” live broadcast from Times Square. The network said in a statement that “the recent velocity of the spread of omicron cases has made it impossible to produce a live special in Times Square that meets our standards.”

Los Angeles

Several Los Angeles County holiday events have been canceled, including the New Year’s countdown in Grand Park, which will now be streamed.

Seattle

For the second year in a row, there will be no crowds allowed at the Space Needle’s fireworks show. People can watch on a livestream instead.

London

Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, announced last week that the New Year’s Eve event in Trafalgar Square was canceled, saying, “The safety of Londoners must come first.”

Paris




According to the broadcaster France24, Paris has canceled its celebration, which was to include fireworks over the Champs-Élysées. Prime Minister Jean Castex also announced that large public parties would be banned on New Year’s Eve.

Rome

Celebrations have been scrapped in several Italian cities, including Rome and Venice. Outdoor events have been banned and nightclubs will be closed for the month of January.

Berlin

Berlin’s annual New Year’s Eve party at the Brandenburg Gate will go on, but without any audience members. The performances will be live on television. Chancellor Olaf Scholz has also announced that gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people starting Tuesday.

Tokyo

Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo typically attracts tens of thousands of people for one of the biggest New Year celebrations in the world. This year, like last year, the revelry has been called off. Public drinking has been banned in Shibuya on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

New Delhi

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority has banned all social, political and cultural gatherings, including Christmas and New Year celebrations, according to The Economic Times newspaper. Restaurants and bars are allowed to operate only at half capacity.

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is still allowing New Year’s Eve gatherings, but several restrictions are in place. There is a curfew from 12-4 a.m., masks are required in public areas and nightclubs are closed.

Casablanca, Morocco

Authorities banned New Year’s Eve celebrations throughout the country, including in Casablanca, the most populous city. Restaurants will close 30 minutes before midnight, and there will be a curfew from midnight to 6 a.m.

Kampala, Uganda

The national police force Monday announced a ban on New Year’s Eve fireworks across the country, including in Kampala, the capital. Nighttime religious services will also be prohibited.

This article originally appeared in The New York Times.










Today's News

December 29, 2021

A cabinet of wonders opens wide

Hong Kong removes statue that memorialized Tiananmen victims

The artists we lost in 2021, in their words

Cities around the world pare back New Year celebrations, again

Unseen Paul McCartney lyrics on display for the first time at the British Library

This sea Lizard had a grand piano-size head and a big appetite

Honolulu Museum of Art adds three works by contemporary artist Hung Liu to its permanent collection

From a Burger King to a concert hall, with help from Frank Gehry

Overlooked no more: Frances B. Johnston, photographer who defied genteel norms

Major American art reinstallation, "Borderlands," opens at the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens

Nationalmuseum publishes a new book about its collection of miniature paintings

Original owner's copy of Superman's first flight soars past $1.5 million weeks before auction

Virginia Museum of History & Culture to reopen in 2022

'Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love' debuts to West Coast audiences

Dr. Renz's Herb Bitters bottle circa 868-1881 brings a record $24,150

Kehrer Verlag publishes a coming of age book by Michal Solarski and Tomasz Liboska

Lucille Ball on the big screen, the small screen and offscreen

Second time capsule is found beneath pedestal of Lee statue

What three Broadway shows tell us about racial progress

Donald H. Elliott, innovative urban planner, dies at 89

Jonathan Spence, noted China scholar, dies at 85

Seoul Museum of Art presents an exhibition of works by sanghee song

Palazzo delle Esposizioni presents the Sublimi Anatomie online platform

Exhibition presents a dialogue between Monaco and Alexandria

Top 5 Most Impressive Casinos

Finding the Top Free Slots Ireland Players Can Enjoy

What Is The Main Advantage Of A No Deposit Bonus?

No Deposit Bonus UK

The Comprehensive Aircon Servicing Guide for Singapore Homeowners




Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 



Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful